Ponderosa PeaceJam hosted a very successful dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly installed wind turbine on Saturday morning. Over 75 people were in attendance, including representatives from the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Wind for Schools Program, and CBS4 news.
A surprise announcement was made by Chuck Puga, Principal of Ponderosa High School, that the wind turbine was being dedicated as the “Mama PJ Mother Earth Wind Turbine” in honor of Debbie Ruiz, the PeaceJam Club sponsor at Ponderosa. Debbie has put tremendous effort into making this club a success, and years ago was affectionately dubbed by the students as “Mama PJ” (short for Mama PeaceJam). The name has stuck ever since then.
Moments after the ribbon was cut, the wind turbine turned for the very first time. Although the morning had been calm until then, Mother Nature graced us with a wonderful breeze so everyone could see the turbine in action!
Afterwards, the guests joined us inside for a feast of homemade soups made by the PeaceJammers and their families.
Thanks to all of you who attended- what a memorable and special dedication ceremony!